Story by Jackie Mantey l Photo by Will Shilling
Being the leading lady of a chic and charming neighborhood bar isn't as glamorous as it sounds.
On any given day, visitors to Club 185 might find manager Coty Hildebrand running to the breaker to figure out how to turn the air conditioning back on, cleaning the gears of the bar's popular vintage photo booth, or making sure the beer cheese soup is the right temperature.
"I often feel like my head is spinning," said Hildebrand of the hectic managing pace. "But I thrive on that."
Indeed, this is only one of her jobs. Hildebrand also works at Coco Couture in Grandview, the clothing boutique she co-owns with her mother.
Hildebrand often cooks at home as respite. She loves shopping at North Market ("it's like Disneyland") and makes a good burger, with lots of Mexican-style fixings.
When she does go out to eat, here's where you'll find her.
COTY HILDEBRAND Age: 31 Occupation: Daytime manager, Club 185 Hometown: Dresden, Ohio
What do you like to eat at Club 185? My personal favorite is the Beef on Weck. It's a slow-cooked roast beef sandwich on a fresh kummelweck bun made for us by Resch's Bakery. It's only served on Thursdays.
Where do you go for a quick dinner? I really enjoy Vino Vino in Grandview. I typically grab a quick dinner at the bar. I'm obsessed with the crab and corn chowder.
What about when you're looking for something fancy? Mitchell's Ocean Club. They have two things I can't go without getting: the truffle mac and cheese and the tuna tartar. There's a pink grapefruit martini that has a fresh grapefruit wedge on the side and dry ice. A little over the top, but fun.
What restaurant do you consider the city's hidden gem? Basi Italia. There's an appetizer I crave from them: sauteed zucchini with lemon juice, almonds and shavings of pecorino on top. I usually will order a glass of prosecco. It's such a romantic place. I love the ambiance.
Where do you like to go out for drinks? I finally got to stop by Mouton--one of the best cocktails I've had in a long time. I took my mom. She had the Moscow Mule and I had the French 75. Both were really light and refreshing and simple. This place will be my new favorite. I highly recommend it.
What's your dream Columbus meal? I'd start with the tomato and jalapeno mussels from Vino Vino, and I couldn't forget the crab and corn chowder. Then I would want to share the crostini with truffle honey and melted pecorino from Marcella's.
And the last stop would be Pistacia Vera for their tasty coffee and a fresh citrus tart. I might as well get a chocolate croissant to go for breakfast the next morning. Yes, I love Pistacia Vera.
SHORT ORDERS Where Coty Hildebrand heads when she's in the mood for something specific.
Pizza: "Margherita with prosciutto from The Rossi."
Brunch: "Tasi. To eat: black bean cake with poached eggs and jalapeno butter sauce. To drink: coffee and a mimosa."
Mexican: "Spicy barbacoa from El Vaquero. And, of course, queso dip."
Salad: "Baby bibb from Vino Vino Restaurant and Winebar."